Review: What the Wind Knows (Amy Harmon)

What the Wind Knows
Author: Amy Harmon
Publication Date: February 1, 2019 (Hardback), March 1, 2019
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


In an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time.

The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity, convinced the woman’s disappearance is connected to her own.

As tensions rise, Thomas joins the struggle for Ireland’s independence and Anne is drawn into the conflict beside him. Caught between history and her heart, she must decide whether she’s willing to let go of the life she knew for a love she never thought she’d find. But in the end, is the choice actually hers to make?

I feel the need to come clean a bit before I get into my review because I think my thoughts will help some readers decide if What the Wind Knows is for them. I’m a big fan of Amy Harmon’s writing, but I was on the fence about reading this book. I am not a huge historical fiction or fantasy fan. I read both only occasionally. I might not have read it if I hadn’t received an ARC. In a way, that forced me to read What the Wind Knows and I’m extremely glad it did.

What the Wind Knows had my attention from the very beginning. I thought it might take me a bit to get into the story, but it didn’t at all. I became addicted from the first chapter. I loved Anne’s connection with her grandfather, Eion, and how the story was built around the things he shared with her. I was actually more drawn to this relationship than to the love story. There was just something so sweet and pure about their relationship and the closeness they shared. I treasured the moments they had together.

Not that I didn’t enjoy the love story. Anne and Thomas’ connection literally transcended time. I loved how their relationship took time to develop and for their love to blossom. Normally, a time travel relationship would leave me with all sorts of questions. This one did that as well, but not so much that I fixated on them or couldn’t believe in their love. Anne and Thomas’ love story was epic for sure.

Besides the relationships in What the Wind Knows, there were so many fascinating historical gems. I know Amy Harmon took liberty with some things, but I still felt like I learnt a great deal. I really had no idea of what Ireland had gone through in the early 1900s. It was fascinating. I did get a tad bogged down with some of the details, but they all fit so well into this story.

Oh! I really, really need to stop and applaud Amy Harmon for a moment. Not only did she add historical events, she took on some every day activities in the past and showed Anne’s wonderment of them. These little things are always the things I am intrigued by. Or rather I should say they are the things that make me happy I live in the present day. I loved that those little mundane things were talked about.

Overall, What the Wind Knows is a fascinating read. Amy Harmon has once again convinced me that she can write any genre and I will want to read it.

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About the author:

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written thirteen novels – the USA Today Bestsellers The Smallest Part, The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as the #1 Amazon bestselling historical From Sand and Ash, The Queen and The Cure, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her novels The Bird and the Sword and From Sand and Ash were Goodreads Best Books of 2016 and 2017 finalists.

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21 thoughts on “Review: What the Wind Knows (Amy Harmon)”

  1. What a fantastic review!!! I’m so happy you decided to read this one. I know it’s different, but I want everyone to pick it up and try it. She did such an amazing job researching the history and incorporating truth in with fiction. The romance and the family ties. It was all just so good!! I’m glad you loved it, too.

    1. Thank you! I totally agree. It all was just so good and even. No one thing over took the story. I have been putting off reading Sand and Ash since it came out (and I even bought it!), but I think I am going to move it up my list knowing how much I enjoyed this one.

  2. Wonderful review! I’m currenly about a third into the book and I already have a feeling it will be a 5 star read for me as well. I love how each of her book is so different without compromising on the quality! She’s hands down one of my favorites.

    1. Thank you! I agree. She never compromises quality. It’s quite amazing. I really can’t wait to read your review.

  3. I’m relieved you said you’re not a fan of historical fiction because I’m not either. I got an email saying I can get it for free on Amazon Prime, but I wasn’t planning to read it. You’ve convinced me to give it a shot!

    1. Yay! I hope you love it. I will warn that some parts in the middle are history heavy, but they go so well with the romance and plot that you won’t mind.

  4. Love the sound of this! I do like historical fantasy and so it it sounds up my street- but the things like the wonderment about present day and the epic romance have me completely sold! Excellent review!!

    1. Oh, really? She’s AMAZING! If you’re looking for a place to start, my favorite is probably Making Faces. It’s a contemporary while this one is historical. Although, I think this one may still be up on NetGalley.

  5. I haven’t read Amy Harmon before, but my daughter totally loves her books. I don’t read historical or fantasy, because I get frustrated if the story can’t pull me in. I’ve been told I really need to read The Bird and the Sword, but this sounds really good too!

    1. I bet you would like Making Faces. That is one I would recommend. I haven’t read a book of hers I haven’t liked and I’m not into fantasy or historical really.

    1. Thank you! She really does. I would highly recommend her. Making Faces is usually the one I tell people to start with.

  6. I want to propose this for my Book Club to read, but I need help with some Discussion Questions This was a “Can’t put it down till I finish” story for me, with need to sleep interfering before I could, i LOVED IT! Because I have family history in the same area, I also kept going to my laptop to look at exact maps…. planning my next trip “home” Should I (dare I?) rent a little boat on Lough Gill?.

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